Please let this happen:
National Journal's Alyssa Rosenberg throws out the idea that Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson, an independent Republican, and Sam Waterston, a liberal affiliated with the Unity '08 group, could run together on the Unity '08 ticket.
That ticket would split the Right while most Democrats would be left going, "Sam who???"
Of course we should all get a chuckle out of the notion that Thompson is an "independent" Republican. Here are some of his 2000 interest group ratings:
AFSCME (labor): 0
League of Conservation Voters: 0
National Taxpayer's Union (wingers): 75
Chamber of Commerce: 93
American Conservative Union: 92
National Tax-Limitation Committee (wingers): 97
Christian Coalition: 77
Want more? Thompson told Wallace on an appearance on the Fox Propaganda Network that he would appoint Scalia-like judges, that he would pardon Scooter Libby, supports president Bush's escalation of the war in Iraq, and so on.
So what part of this, exactly, is "independent"?
But hell, if Unity 2008 wants to become a vehicle to split the Right, then by all means they should go for it.
More realistically, however, is the possibility that Thompson runs for the Republican nomination. After all, that's exactly what he is, through and through.
Update: I didn't realize Sam Waterston was on Law & Order. So the linked material is clearly a joke.
Except the line about Thompson being an "independent Republican". That's a media narrative I'd rather kill early than have it become McCain II.
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